- General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) clocks 85 years old on Saturday, October 19
- Prominent Nigerians have been sending their best wishes to the former military president
- Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has joined those felicitating with the elder statesman
Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has felicitated with former Military Head of State, Gen Yakubu Gowon on the occasion of his 85th birthday.
The governor described Gowon as a great patriot, selfless and courageous leader committed to Nigeria’s unity and progress.
Governor Bello also stated that Gowon belongs to the grade of Africa’s outstanding leaders, stressing that the Plateau-born retired general is a huge asset to Nigeria.
The governor said Gowon has remained persistent in nation-building and uniting the country along ethnic and religious lines.
“History has accorded you a place in the roll-call of great leaders not only in our country but also in Africa as a continent and the world at large.
It is on this note that I join your family and other well-wishers to celebrate with you on this auspicious day of your birthday anniversary.
“May God continue to bless you with strength and good health even as you enjoy more glorious years on earth. Happy birthday, Your Excellency,” Governor Bello said in a statement he personally signed.
Meanwhile, Governor Bello recently appointed Jamiu Abdulkareem Asuku as his chief of staff.
Asuku, a pharmacist, takes over from Edward Onoja, who is now the deputy governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
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